Cowboys Micah Parsons fourth in’s list of top 10 NFL disrupters

Micah Parsons is one of the best defensive players in the NFL. When it comes to what Parsons is good at, well, it can be difficult to properly quantify things. The Parsons are an exception to the rule in that they can play just about every position on the defensive side at an elite level. If he is in your front seven then you are living the life above the average line from a performance perspective.

Ultimately, Parsons’ job is to make life difficult for opposing offenses which is something he did with regularity throughout his rookie season. It turns out there are very few people in the NFL more capable of disrupting things than he is.

Micah Parsons comes in fourth in’s list of top 10 disrupters across the league

It feels like only a matter of time until Parsons takes the mantle as an undisputed top defensive player in the NFL, but for now he’s already hanging out among the very elite.

Recently used Next Gen Stats to assess which defensive players are “disrupted” things the most. Micah Parsons came in fourth in their list of 10.

QBP: 59

QBP rate: 21.1%

Hurries: 36

Sacks: 13


Parsons was not an every-down rusher – he was almost an off-ball linebacker – which sparks an interesting debate when it comes to this exercise. With less pass-rushing responsibility, the Parsons may be benefitted from being assigned to the quarterback in more advantageous situations. But the flip side of that argument is the fact that he was rushing less, meaning he had fewer chances to make an impact in that facet of the game. And he certainly maximized those opportunities.

Parsons fell short of the gross totals posted by most of the players listed here when it came to quarterback pressures, but they led the league in quarterback pressure rate at 21.1 percent. He finished with 13 sacks, getting home pass rushes at 4.7 percent – good for the third best in the NFL. Add in four turnovers by pressure, and Parsons proved to be quite a disruptive defender in his rookie season.

It has been said many times that Parsons would be one of the best edge rushers in the NFL if he played the snap position and snap out. His hybrid-ness is what makes him truly unique, though.

Only Maxx Crosby, TJ Watt, and Trey Hendrickson ranked ahead of Parsons, which again speaks to just how incredible his production as a rookie (!) Was considering where he lined up on defense. It is an interesting note to consider that he was sometimes in more advantageous situations than other players, but he was certainly at a disadvantage in other capacities as well.

Let’s see what his second season brings.

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